Bumper Easter for The Camping and Caravanning Club

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Tuesday 14 April 2009

The Camping and Caravanning Club has experienced one of its most successful Easter bank holiday weekends on record.

The Club saw an incredible 50 per cent rise in occupancy rates on its 109 UK Club Sites during Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday compared to the same period last year.

Sites across the network were brimming with both members and non-members, who had opted for value breaks in this country over potentially expensive foreign trips due to the current economic climate.

The fine British weather also played its part with Sites such as Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire, Veryan in Cornwall, Inverewe Gardens in Scotland, and Troutbeck in the Lake District to name but a few experiencing considerable increases in pitch occupancy.

Sites Director Bob Hill was understandably delighted with the increase in those campers and caravanners plumping for bargain British breaks.

He said: “There has been a considerable upturn in interest since the turn of the year with advanced bookings up nearly a third on last year and these latest figures only help demonstrate the fact that camping and caravanning is becoming all the more popular.

“People, in particular families, do have this perception now that if money is tight, then why not holiday in this country and help the local economy.

“As a Club, we simply want to help members of the public enjoy the adventure and make the most of the outdoors.

“A lot of credit should also go to our Holiday Site Teams and Franchisees who were stretched to the limit over the weekend, but who all did a sterling job and should be applauded for their mammoth efforts.”

He added: “These figures are very encouraging and we are confident that this interest will continue to grow as the summer season approaches.

“This really is going to be the year of the U-Kation!”

Over Easter, Club Sites in Scotland and the north-west of England recorded a 63 per cent increase in occupancy, the south-east and south-west 53 per cent, and central, north-east and Northern Ireland 35 per cent.

The Club’s 16 franchised Sites saw a 69 per cent upturn compared to Easter 2008.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 108-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and six Cabin Sites.
  2. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
  3. National awards include:
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2008, Delamont Country Park Club Site – Winner Holiday Parks category in Northern Ireland
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2008 Gold Award – Charmouth, Glencoe and Trewan Hall Club Sites
  • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree Travel Service
  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in England
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland